Tip of the Month: How an Organizer Gets (More) Organized
I've just spent some time re-organizing my home office - making the types of small adjustments that almost everyone needs to make from time to time. As we live in a space, we get a better idea of what works well, and what doesn't. Also, almost all of us accumulate some clutter over time, and pausing to re-evaluate a space helps us see what might get cleared out.
Here are some of the things I did:
1. I got rid of things that no longer served me.
For example, I gave away my 3-hole punch. It's a very good 3-hole punch - but I just don't need to punch papers to put in 3-ring binders any more, and I can't remember the last time I used it. I also gave away 27 sheet protectors that you use in those binders.
2. I moved things around, so the things I use the most are close at hand.
One example: Because I edit a magazine which follows Associated Press style, I use the AP-approved dictionary all the time. It was close to me - but not quite close enough, which means it often sat on the floor instead of in the bookcase. Now it's within hand's reach as I sit at my desk.
3. I took some things off my desktop and put them away in drawers.
My stapler and tape dispenser are still within hand's reach - but I don't use them enough to need them sitting out. Now my desktop is less cluttered - and it's easier for one of my cats to curl up there and keep me company.
4. I cleaned up my computer, too.
My computer desktop had become cluttered; I moved all the extraneous files to where they belong.
5. I took care of nagging undone chores.
I had an inspirational card sitting out because the frame it had been in had broken, months ago. I finally ordered a replacement frame. That took all of 15 minutes or so; why had I procrastinated for so long? And I finally called the carpet cleaners in; now I'm not looking at kitty vomit stains every day!
Making these small adjustments made a huge difference in how pleasant it is to sit down to work. What little changes might you make to how you are organized?
Organizing Product of the Month: Small Scale